From Indian street food to a new cocktail bar, find out everything you need to know about the latest batch of openings coming to Leeds.
Another three venues will soon be opening their doors in the city, and they’re worth getting excited about. You’ll be able to tuck into Indian street food, try out a shiny new cocktail bar and pop down to the market to get everything you need to make the perfect curry at home. What will you try first?
There’s a new addition at Leeds Kirkgate Market this September and it is set to make cooking up a curry at home much easier. Rafi’s Spicebox has shops in York, Harrogate and Newcastle, but it’s now bringing its hand-made spice mixes to Leeds. From Gujarati dhal to Thai yellow curry, they have everything you need. You can also pick up pickles, chutneys and spices, as well as kitchenware and their own cookbook, so you can make the most of their classic recipes.
Rafi’s Spicebox opens in Leeds Kirkgate Market in September.
Atlas Brauhaus is no more – from November, it’s going to be taken over by renowned cocktail giant Dirty Martini. Up until this summer, they only had bars in London, but Leeds is the first of many new venues across the country. As the name suggests, you’ll want to make a beeline for their extensive range of bespoke martinis, but there’s much more than that. They have a slew of familiar cocktails for you to enjoy, as well as beer, wine and champagne. Need a bite to eat? You can devour a menu of small plates and sharing platters to soak up the booze too.
Dirty Martini opens at Atlas House, King Street in November.
Gabbar is a brand new Indian street food eatery set to open in Leeds city centre. It’s the brainchild of Manoj Bhura, a Leeds-based foodie who’s set to realise his dream by opening a city centre cafe that serves vegan and vegetarian dishes from all over India. Its exact location is yet-to-be-confirmed, but you can also look forward to craft beer and cocktails to wash down your food once the doors are open.
Gabbar opens in Leeds city centre in September.
Leeds Cookery School
Fancy learning new skills in the kitchen? Check out the Leeds Cookery School when it opens at the newly renovated Old Fire Station in Gipton. They’ll teach you to cook fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce with more than 30 classes ranging from hour-long sessions to whole day courses. Whether you’re a beginner looking for somewhere to start or an experienced pro looking to add more strings to your bow, there’s something for everyone. Better still, it’s a charity, so all its profits help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Leeds.
Leeds Cookery School classes start at The Old Fire Station, Gipton in September.
4 Kitchens is a brand new Indian restaurant coming to Ilkley this September. The restaurant is inspired by the cuisines of four Indian states – Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi and Maharashtra. Expect a menu of authentic, vibrant dishes that you won’t find in any other restaurant in Leeds. Tuck into everything from Konkani garlic pepper calamari to xacuti lamb shank and kali mirch scallops with asparagus.
4 Kitchens opens in The Moors Shopping Centre, Ilkley in September.Feature image copyright Michael Franke.